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18 cracking spots in Camden, as recommended by locals

Londoners spill the beans on their favourite things to eat, drink, see and do in the Camden Town neighbourhood

By Time Out Tastemakers

Camden isn’t all joss sticks, teenagers and aging punks, you know. Our local experts, the Time Out Tastemakers, pick the best places to visit in NW1.

Best breakfast or brunch

The Diner has just launched an updated menu with new vegan options, and the vegan pancakes are 10/10.’ LeeLee Seah

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Best cheap eat

‘A kati roll from Kolkati at Kerb market. It’s a freshly baked naan bread, stuffed with deliciously spiced Indian goodness.’ Manmeet Singh

Best dinner

Thanh Binh Vietnamese restaurant on Chalk Farm Road has been going for well over 20 years. It’s family-run by Camden locals. I heart this place.’ Mandy Dassa

Laz Camden, a Turkish restaurant with a fabulous bar. Their çökertme is better than the one I had in Izmir.’ Valisa Iskandar

‘Definitely The Cheese Bar! One for the dairy fans – a cheese lover’s dream.’ Gabrielle Casey

Best place for tea

Pamban Chai and Coffee House. They have traditional tea and coffee from Sri Lanka and India in unique flavours such as rose and saffron! My favourite is the house chai: it goes so well with the traditional Sri Lankan love cake.’ Leena Shah

Best pub

The Lock Tavern is hands-down the best place. I love their beer garden.’ Mandy Dassa

The Bucks Head does excellent nachos, not to mention awesome gigs in a small and intimate space. Last year they hosted one of my favourite bands, and it was so popular we barely fit into the room! It was such an awesome night.’ Vera Sugár

Best place to shop

Half Hitch Gin shop and distillery in the Lock Market. They sell one thing: the best gin in London!’ Mandy Dassa

Cyberdog is the best retail experience in the whole wide world.’ Manmeet Singh

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Best place for fun

The Museum of Happiness: great workshops and a lovely atmosphere.’ Noni Papp

Koko: the most atmospheric club and gig venue in London, in a theatre that’s over 100 years old.’ Iza Kawecka

The Blues Kitchen! Food, killer drinks and live music? Yes please!’ LeeLee Seah

Best place for a date

‘Head to Kerb food market, grab something delicious (maybe halloumi fries!) then wander down to the canal and go on a boat ride towards Little Venice.’ Sophie Berkoff

Best place to relax

Camden Lock on a sunny day, with a drink in hand, watching the narrowboats go by.’
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Best thing to do

‘Catch a gig at The Lock Tavern or Camden Assembly.’ Noni Papp

Best thing to see

‘The wacky shop façades that can consist of anything from giant shoes to a Ganesha head.’ Manmeet Singh

Your essential guide to Camden

Camden area guide

Things to do

The moment you step outside the tube station, Camden attacks the senses. Bass thumps from the market stalls' speakers, the scent of street food and incense permeates the air, and goths, punks, pushers and tourists shove past, giving the area an unorthodox charm. Come to Camden for the atmosphere, but stay for the cheap restaurants and awesome live music scene.


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